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Accelerator Operator

Posted 14 days ago

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Job Description

Discover TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre. We are a publicly funded, not-for-profit research lab that is a hub for discovery and innovation.

Our mission is to serve as Canada’s particle accelerator centre.  We advance isotope science and technology, both fundamental and applied.  We collaborate across communities and disciplines, from nuclear and particle physics to the life and material sciences.  We discover and innovate, inspire and educate, creating knowledge and opportunity for all.

TRIUMF's diverse community of nearly 600 multidisciplinary researchers, engineers, technicians, tradespeople, staff, and students create a unique incubator for Canadian excellence, as well as a portal to premier global collaborations.  Fueling innovation and improving lives, we are committed to accelerating discovery and shaping a better world.

Join Our Team at TRIUMF!

TRIUMF is home to an impressive accelerator complex, including the 520 MeV Cyclotron, Electron Linear Accelerator (E-LINAC), TRIUMF Isotope Separator and Accelerator (ISAC) facility, Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL), TR13, and TR24 cyclotrons. We are seeking an entry-level accelerator operator to join our diverse team in the control room.

At TRIUMF, you'll participate in exciting projects and collaborate with leading institutions and researchers. We offer a dynamic work environment that encourages continuous learning. As our accelerators operate 24/7, the individual in this role will work on a rotating shift schedule.


Key responsibilities of our operators include: 

  • Operating and monitoring accelerator systems in a fast-paced control room environment to safely, reliably, and timely deliver particle beams to experiments. 

  • Responding to alarms from ancillary systems, including electro-mechanical devices, cooling services, vacuum equipment, power supplies, and computer controls. 

  • Identifying and troubleshooting accelerator system faults. 

  • Assisting with emergency response activities and ensuring site security protocols are maintained. 

  • Mitigating radiation hazards using ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principles. 

  • Communicating effectively with researchers, engineers, and support staff to ensure smooth operations. 

  • Documenting shift activities in logbooks and producing statistical records. 

  • Authoring and editing operational procedures. 

  • Participating in the coordination of accelerator maintenance activities, including issuing and processing work permits. 

As an accelerator operator, there will be occasions when you work independently and when collaboration with other operators or members of various other groups is essential. Accelerator operators must demonstrate versatility, excelling in both independent work and collaborative teamwork.

Skills and Qualifications 

The successful candidate will have the following skills and attributes: 

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. 

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically under pressure. 

  • Maintain a high level of safety awareness.

  • The ability to multitask and react to changes in priority.

  • Curiosity and desire to learn new things.

While not mandatory, the following skills and experiences are considered advantageous: 

  • Customer service experience. 

  • Basic knowledge of programming or computer systems. 

  • Previous shift work experience. 

  • Hands-on mechanical and/or electrical skills.


An undergraduate degree or diploma in a STEM discipline is required for this role.

Nuclear Energy Worker (NEW)

You will be required to successfully complete the TRIUMF in-house radiation safety training course and be designated as a TRIUMF Nuclear Energy Worker.

Total Rewards

At TRIUMF, we value our employees and are committed to providing a competitive total rewards package. We offer comprehensive benefits that promote the well-being and security of our staff and provide an excellent opportunity to grow your career in a high-profile national research facility, where you can make a difference.

Salary Range:

The position offers an initial salary range of 41,600 - 52,000 per annum.

Upon successful completion of a 6-month training program, the salary range will be increased to 48,400 - 60,500 per annum, in addition to the ongoing benefits.

Benefits Information:

  • TRIUMF paid dental, extended health, vision care, emergency travel assistance, EAP, Life Insurance, and supplementary Wellness Benefits.
  • Excellent Employee Pension Plan
  • Disability benefits, and optional additional Life insurance and AD&D.
  • Generous time away
  • Maternity and paternity leaves and top-ups

Only applications with both a cover letter and resume will be considered.

Applicants must be legally able to work in Canada on a permanent basis (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident).

As a requirement of this position, the successful candidate will need to provide acceptable proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or demonstrate that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for reasons protected under the BC Human Rights CodeTRIUMF will grant reasonable accommodation requests up to the point of undue hardship.

Application closing date: July 25, 2024

Apply now and be part of our extraordinary journey.

Learn more about the amazing research and work we do at TRIUMF.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral to excellence and enhance our ability to create knowledge and opportunity for all. Together, we are committed to building an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the voices of our employees, students, partners, and the people and communities we serve.

As an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalised on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

Contact information:
Phone: 604.222.1047
Fax: 604.222.3791

4004 Wesbrook Mall - Vancouver, BC - V6T 2A3

TRIUMF is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site.


TRIUMF is Canada’s particle accelerator centre. From the hunt for the smallest particles in the universe to the development of new technologies, including next-generation batteries and medical isotopes, TRIUMF is pushing the frontiers in research to advance science, medicine, and business.



Company Size

201-500 employees

Application closing date is 2024-09-03

Current Openings

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